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Roadside Crosses for Fallen Utah Police Unconstitutional, Court Rules

August 18, 2010

Author: Warren Richey

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0818/Roadside-crosses-for-fallen-Utah-police-unconstitutional-court-rules

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that roadside crosses erected to memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of government endorsement of religion.

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In This Town, Open Arms for a Mosque

August 18, 2010

Author: Peter Applebome

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/nyregion/19towns.html?_r=1&ref=religion_and_belief

In the boiling caldron of American outrage, here’s one to throw in the pot.

In this faded industrial town on the Erie Canal, the old United Methodist church downtown is being turned into a mosque, the old roof topped with minarets, the crescent moon and star of Islam on...

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An Indian Church’s Colorful Tribute to Mary

August 16, 2010

Author: Paul Vitello

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/nyregion/17procession.html

Without doubt, many more people line the sidewalks to see the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan than to watch the St. Mary Malankara Indian Orthodox Church’s annual Assumption Day Parade, which began here on Sunday with the usual blowing of the kumbu horn and the dancing of the koladi by the congregation’s...

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Religious Minorities In Indonesia Push Back

August 16, 2010

Author: Irwan Firdaus

Source: Google News

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gsC9iYzKsPiBLkLIoRDH1N55Zk4gD9HKBG380

Tired of government inaction, Christians and other religious minorities in Indonesia are pushing back against rising violence by Islamic hard-liners.

For months, Christians in the industrial city of Bekasi have been warned against worshipping on a field that houses their...

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Couple's Religion, Vermont Land-Use Ruling At Odds

August 15, 2010

Author: Dave Gram

Source: The Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Couple-s-religion-Vermont-land-use-ruling-at-odds-616611.php

To Richard and Joan Downing, the 24-foot-tall cross on a hilltop on their property is an expression of their faith. To a state commission that regulates land use, it is out of character with the natural beauty of the...

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As the Observance Of Ramadan Begins, a Call for Respect for Muslim Neighbors

August 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: National Council of Churches News Service

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/100811ramadanrespect.html

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, its Interfaith Relations Commission and the Christian participants in the National Muslim-Christian initiative, have issued the following statement:

As our Muslim neighbors begin their observance of Ramadan with fasting, re-dedicating themselves to God and God's...

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In Montana, a Fight Over Separation Of Church And Fairgrounds

August 11, 2010

Author: Tess Civantos

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/11/montana-church-service-moved-liberal-ville-county-fair-grounds-complaints/

Leaders of a Christian organization are convinced a group of atheists were successful in getting annual fellowship services moved from the Missoula County Fair, but church organizers say they’re determined to make the best of their new...

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Sharing the Faith, Splitting the Rent

August 6, 2010

Author: Sarah Maslin Nir

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/realestate/08cov.html?emc=eta1

Apartment hunters always have a wish list of things that will help them call a new place home — doormen, laundry rooms, southern exposures.

But for some people, faith guides real estate choices. Instead of bay windows and an in-house gym, their must-have may be a kosher kitchen, a short walk to church, room...

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In Saudi Arabia, a Landmark Welcome Of a Christian Scholar

August 3, 2010

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0803/In-Saudi-Arabia-a-landmark-welcome-of-a-Christian-scholar

In a country that endorses Islam as the official religion, bans conversion to other religions, and forbids Christian proselytizing, Saudi Arabia's recent welcome of an American Christian scholar is a landmark.

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